It’s doubtful Taylor Kitsch meant to do it, but after he announced he wouldn’t be playing Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games‘ second installment ‘Catching Fire‘, the forum boards lits up with shouts of relief. When the kids turn on you, you know it’s time to do a career makeover fast!
Taylor Kitsch has just begun waking up from his Hollywood hangover after two studios bet quite a bundle on his leading man status, and it didn’t go so well. He plays so much better on the small screen, and hopefully he’ll be smart and do some indie film to show people what he can do. We’re hearing that his e-mail saying that he wouldn’t be taking the part of Finnich Odair in ‘Catching Fire’, the latest film from ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy wasn’t because he turned it down. “After back to back megaflops, this guy needs a reality check if he’s trying to make it sound like he doesn’t want to be in one of the hottest franchises around,” our source over at Lionsgate said. “Hollywood bet the farm on him and he’s not facing some tough reality.”
Making things a little tougher is that his next film Oliver Stone’s ‘Savages‘ hits July 6, the same month that two more summer monsters charge in; ‘The Amazing Spider-Man‘ and Christopher Nolan’s final Batman ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘. It’s a tough business, and we’re hearing Kitsch will be getting a larger role on Peter Berg’s ‘Friday Night Lights‘ movie. Superagentt Ari Emmanuel has just started talking about trying to fun that film project through Facebook and social media networks. “There are different ways to finance this movie. Maybe we could finance it via Facebook fans. There are lots of ways to finance a movie like this, with a fan base like this,” Emanuel said. “Between the television show and movie, “Friday Night Lights” has over a million fans or Likes on Facebook.”
The two remaining rumored runner-ups for the Finnick Odair role are Armie Hammer and Garrett Hedlund, but our sources over at Lionsgate are saying they’re more like high flying rumors since neither of those two actors really fit the bill. The character of Finnick is a former Hunger Games champion from District 4 with a reputation as a womanizer. He’s described in Suzanne Collins‘ books as an Adonis-handsome man in his 20s with green eyes, tan skin, and bronze-colored hair. Hammer is more of a puppy dog look without the bite and Hedlund still hasn’t proven his leading man type chose as ‘Tron: Legacy’ wasn’t the best example for him to shine. He does best in smaller indie films like ‘On the Road’ and ‘Friday Night Lights’ (the original movie that the tv show came from and then begat the next movie) where he shines rather bright. In the meantime, we’re hearing Kitsch is looking for some team overhaul which is smart since his original team helped land him all these larger paydays knowing he’s the only one who’s rep would get tarnished. And man did it tarnish quick this year. Who would’ve thought Channing Tatum would be the starmaking news of 2012?
Below are three more names that have been floating around, but only Ryan Gosling would have a shot at the role. Those are Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum and Zack Efron. Our Lionsgate source confirmed that they’re working on Ryan Gosling. “Ryan would be perfect since he fits the role plus he’s great looking, physical and hits the right demographics,” they said. We’ll let you know when we hear, but for now all you ‘Catching Fire’ fans can breathe easier and campaign for Gosling if you want him.